How to Build a Digital Inspiration Board for Your Next Project
Sometimes you just need to see what all the pieces in a room will look like together. I am in the middle of a bathroom redesign, and it was helpful to have all my ideas together on the same page, arranged where I wanted them. Pinterest can achieve a similar objective, but if you want to have a little more control of scale and proximity when planning out a design project, we thought we’d walk you through how to make a digital inspiration board!
We usually build boards in Photoshop, but because you might not have that software, I’m going to show you how to do it in Powerpoint! That’s right, Powerpoint.
- Find images of the pieces you want with a solid background (usually white).
For this image, I would suggest cropping out the logo to give you a simple background to work with. Then, insert the photo into Powerpoint. In the formatting panel that pops up with the picture, you’ll see “Remove Background.”
Click that button and then move the selection box to encompass the entire subject.
Once the whole object is inside the rectangle, you can draw lines on the image to select or deselect parts of the picture. Once your image is all appearing and the whole background is purple, press “Remove Background.” Then your item is ready to be scaled and placed on the page wherever you would like!
Reorder the images to place paint colors, wallpaper, and rugs in the background. You can choose to create a layout that reflects your intentions for space, or just place the objects in whatever way you’d like. Just putting different patterns and textures adjacent to one another will help you see immediately which pieces will and won’t work. If you are unable to find professional pictures of furniture you already own, take your own picture of the piece against a solid background and upload it into Powerpoint.
When there are many images on a website for a product, try and choose one that has a wide view and a solid background. Those will be the easiest to edit. Play around until you find a combination you love! If you are back and forth on a bold choice, this is a great way to picture how it will look against the other pieces in the room. Good luck!